Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child will have a drop-off site in Mansfield Nov. 16-23 at Impact Church, 160 Woodruff Road in Mansfied.

MANSFIELD -- Impact Church is announcing it is opening the newest drop-off site for Operation Christmas Child during collection week of Nov. 16 to 23.

”Impact Church has been doing OCC for over 15 years," said organzier Bev Spain. "This will be our first year as a drop-off site.

"We decided to become a drop off site, not only to reach our community with the news of Operation Christmas Child but so that the south east side of Mansfield and the surrounding area, have a place close to drop off their filled boxes."

The boxes are packed with small toys, hygiene items and school supplies and travel to children all over the world. Items like candy, toothpaste, gum, war-related items, food or any liquids, should not be included.

The facility will be open Monday, Wednesday and Friday and from 9 a.m. to noon, and Tuesday and Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday hours are noon to 3 p.m. and Sunday 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

The church is located at 160 Woodruff Road, Mansfield. Call 419-886-9964 or email: info.impactchurch@gmail.com with any questions.

For more than 12 years the Central Ohio District, which is a six-county area, has partnered with churches and organizations to be a part of Operation Christmas Child.

"Last year we sent 19,033 shoeboxes to the main processing Center in Charlotte, North Carolina to be processed and then distributed to specific countries around the world," Spain said. "This year our goal is to send 19,985 boxes."

OCC is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an International Relief Organization to share God’s love in a tangible way with children in over 160 countries around the world. Since 1993 more than 178 million children have received “Love in a red and green shoebox.”

Each box contains toys, clothing hygiene and school supplies, as well as a special “WOW” gift. We are also asking for a donation of $9 per box to cover the handling and shipping of the box to the processing center and beyond.

For more information about the ministry of Operation Christmas Child and a complete list of Drop Off Sites in your area go to samaritanspurse.org or contact Elizabeth Dawson at 419-884-0762 or eodawson@aol.com.

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